Travel Theme: Close Up

A year ago I took my first and only photography lesson with Mike’s Camera Shop and learned how to use F-stops.  Reading an article about F-stops the other day reminded me that I forget to spin knobs and click buttons before I shoot pictures.  So often my close up pictures aren’t excellent.  During our class we got really close.

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Sometimes I got a little closer to the little hairs on the stem than I did to the blossom.

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“It’s all in the composition,” says Leanne Cole.  That was before my first, and only lesson with her.  Life keeps getting in the way.  I have Australia – lessons with Leanne on my bucket list, though.

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I think the shadow on the top flower resembles the 1970s cartoon, Gumpy, jumping off a roof, or sneaking up on someone.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s travel theme, “Close Up.”  If you did the traveling was all yours.  I stayed close to home!  🙂  What is close to home for you?

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

27 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Close Up”

    1. It’s a little knob on the top of my camera that I always forget about. Then, of course, there’s the ISO settings I need to play with, and I also forget about the lighting setting at the bottom of my round button on the back called WB. Leanne just told me that’s why I get blue pictures so much. I forget to switch to outdoor lighting! Yikes! 🙂

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  1. Hmmm, I find close-ups very tricky and like you I usually have the background in focus, not the subject. (just ask Justin Beaver about this. He even wrote a post about my failings in this area)

    I must look up F-stops in my camera instruction book.

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  2. Har har I just love the hairs on the stems- to me, especially with perfect gin-coloured sunset backlighting, they become just as beautiful as the flowers! Loved your shots here, lassie. Lovely post. I remember the post you did about the class back when you first took it. Marvelous. Cheers to you,

    Autumn Jade

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